|“||I told you that I'll never let my friends die… that's also something that I wanted to convince myself of… There are many friends I was unable to protect so far… That's why every time I swear that I'll protect them… but then I still happen to face the truth of when I'm not able to do it… You have to take that 'wound' with you forever… That's why we're the one to endure… We are Ninja. I will never forget.||„|
|~ Kakashi to Naruto.|
|“||I'm just a piece of trash… but there are things I learned. The hole in your heart is something other people can fill. If you reject your friends' feelings and this world… just because something didn't go as you wished, no one will ever come to you. And so that hole won't be filled either, if you just run away without doing anything people won't do anything for you either… As long as you don't give up, you can still be saved!||„|
|~ Kakashi to Obito.|
|“||In the ninja world, those who break the rules are trash, that's true, but those who abandon their comrades are worse than trash.||„|
|~ Kakashi to his students.|
|“||Sorry i'm late!||„|
|~ Kakashi to his students.|
|“||Thank you, Obito.||„|
|~ Kakashi's farewell for Obito|
Kakashi Hatake (はたけカカシ|Hatake Kakashi) is the tetartagonist in the Naruto and the leader of Team 7 later known as Team Kakashi. He later returns as one of the main supporting characters in the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime/manga series. He is a Jonin who has lived a long while and has gained lots of experience with Jutsus and combat. He is one of the strongest shinobi in the Hidden Leaf Village and can use a wide variety of Jutsu. Such Jutsus that he has are Lightning Blade, Kamui, Fire Style Jutsu which he gains due to his Sharingan and many others. He is a biggest fan of Jiraiya's "Icha Icha" novel. After Kaguya's defeat, the Fifth Hokage Tsunade retired and Kakashi succeeded her as the Sixth Hokage before Naruto.
He is voiced by Kazuhiko Inoue in the Japanese version of the anime, and by Dave Wittenberg in the English version of the anime.
BackgroundKakashi is the only son of Sakumo Hatake, a genius renowned as "Konoha's White Fang". Kakashi has never known his mother, because unfortunately the woman died during the childbirth.
Sakumo fell into disgrace after choosing to save his comrades rather than complete an important mission, which caused the nation and the village to suffer a great loss. Dishonored, Sakumo took his own life after suffering a deep depression and drop in his skills; this experience made Kakashi determined to lead his life strictly by the ninja code. Hailed as a prodigy, because of his intelligence and aptitude, at age 5 he graduated from the Academy in a single year at the top of his class. He eventually join a team alongside Obito Uchiha and Rin Nohara under Minato Namikaze's command.He later became part of a one-sided rivalry with Might Guy. In the anime, Guy first approached Kakashi while he was reading and quickly announced his desire to challenge him. While initially Kakashi was completely indifferent to the overzealous Guy's request, Guy continued to follow Kakashi around and challenge him. Eventually, Kakashi gave in to Guy's request, beating Guy in every challenge, including various forms of marksmanship, taijutsu combat, and even physical comparison. Despite these losses, Guy became only more determined to defeat Kakashi. Seemingly warming up to Guy, he continued to accept Guy's various challenges (including eating contests and Rock, Paper, Scissors), even when training with his team, ultimately giving Kakashi a record of 49 wins and 50 losses.
A year later, Kakashi became chūnin after facing and defeating Might Guy during the third stage of the Chūnin Exams.
Third Shinobi World War
Soon after becoming a jōnin, Kakashi was assigned to lead his team-mates Obito and Rin on a mission that would benefit Konoha in the ongoing Third Shinobi World War. They were to destroy Kannabi Bridge, which was being used by Iwagakure forces to move into Kusagakure. This would also be Konoha's first huge offensive move in the war. On their way to the bridge, Rin was kidnapped by two Iwagakure ninja named Kakkō and Taiseki. Obito immediately suggested that they rescue her, but Kakashi disagreed on the basis that they needed to complete their mission, opting not to make the same mistake his father did in his mission.Obito would not hear of it and stubbornly left to save Rin, but not before mentioning that he believed Kakashi's father, the White Fang, was a true hero. Shortly after parting ways, Kakashi reflected on Obito's words and Rin's prior kindness. He realised that his father was not wrong after all, which prompted him to join Obito in the rescue effort. Kakashi arrived in time to save Obito from Taiseki, using his father's blade to combat him. Despite the two-to-one disadvantage, the more experienced Taiseki was able to attack and damage Kakashi's left eye, who took the blow that was intended for Obito, giving him a permanent scar and blinding his left eye.
Obito's will to protect his comrades caused his Sharingan to awaken, and he used it to kill Taiseki. After finding Rin and defeating Kakkō with Obito's help, Kakashi freed Rin from the genjutsu before their opponent attempted to trap them in a cave-in. While trying to escape, Kakashi was hit by a rock, which he didn't notice because of his bandaged eye, causing him to fall. Obito pushed Kakashi out of the path of a falling boulder, he himself getting crushed beneath it instead. Knowing he was dying, Obito requested his Sharingan be a belated present to Kakashi and instructed Rin to implant his left Sharingan into Kakashi's damaged eye. Rin complied, and as soon as the surgery was completed Kakashi used his new Sharingan to perfect his Chidori and kill Kakkō. He then returned to Obito to see if there was anything he could do for him, but alongside Rin was forced to leave him. With the help of Minato, they ultimately completed their mission, allowing them to mourn Obito's supposed death.
Later, in the anime, Kakashi and Rin's team was given Might Guy as a replacement. It was during this mission that Kakashi and Guy found true trust and teamwork with each other, and where Kakashi famously split a lightning bolt with his Chidori, giving birth to its new name Lightning Cutter. Later, during another mission, Kakashi met a young girl named Hanare of the Jōmae Village who was lost. He taught her about how the clouds can help her find her way and find her teacher.
Sometime after the events at Kannabi Bridge, Rin was taken captive by Kirigakure. Kakashi was able to rescue her, but not before she was forcibly made the jinchūriki of the Three-Tails. While returning to the village, they were ambushed by jōnin and ANBU-level Kiri shinobi. Rin, who knew about Kirigakure's plan to unleash the beast on Konoha, begged Kakashi to kill her. After he refused, Rin waited for Kakashi to attack, and intentionally got in Kakashi's path, culminating in a tearful Kakashi piercing through Rin's chest with his Lightning Cutter. Shortly afterwards, Kakashi and Obito — who witnessed it from behind the scenes — developed their fully-matured Sharingan and subsequently awakened the Mangekyō Sharingan at precisely the same time. Exhausted and overwhelmed with sorrow, Kakashi lost consciousness as Obito took his rage out on the Kirigakure ninja, slaughtering them all. Though Kakashi technically was the one who killed Rin, Obito left him alive, and he was later found by Konoha reinforcements.
In the anime, despite his growing career, Kakashi was still haunted by having killed Rin with his own hand, having nightmares and visions that visibly shook. Since then, Kakashi avoided his fellow classmates. When Minato is elected Hokage sometime later, he assign Kakashi to join the ANBU under his direct command.
AbilitiesA match for seemingly any opponent, it was noted by Tsunade that Kakashi is easily one of Konoha's strongest ninja. Kakashi's extensive and varied skill-set allow him to effectively fight or provide invaluable support against opponents of any level. He is also hailed as a natural genius since early childhood because of his intelligence and natural aptitude, Kakashi was even noted by his sensei Minato to be astonishingly advanced when just recently graduating from the Academy. His capacities were further evident by his meteoric rise through the ninja ranks; entering the Academy on his first try and graduating in a year at top of his class at age 5, becoming a chūnin at age 6, as well as jōnin and Anbu while still a child. He also gained his Anbu rank and became a captain younger than all before him, still holding high status and strong connections in the organisation despite leaving. Naruto notes that much of Kakashi's battle prowess and skills is greater than his friends who showed exceptional might in their own specific skills. His various accomplishments have earned him much renown, and praise by his fellow Konoha ninja and he holds a position of great influence amongst them. Most enemies grow afraid or excited at the idea of fighting him, and because of his prowess he earned appreciation from various powerful ninja. He is frequently given responsibility for important tasks, such as watching Naruto in case the seal of the Nine-Tails begins to fail as well as being considered an ideal and one of the most suitable candidates for the position of Hokage by many.
He could pressure powerful missing-nin in Akatsuki and the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist and later several "Version 2" state jinchūriki. Itachi Uchiha noted that fighting Kakashi alone was dangerous with a high chance of injuries. Pain, the most powerful member of Akatsuki, saw Kakashi as a major threat after witnessing his performance, feeling that Kakashi needed to be eradicated to allow his plans to progress. This was later validated in the Fourth Shinobi World War where he defeated several famous reincarnated shinobi and fight on par against the adult Obito Uchiha, whose tutelage under Madara Uchiha gained him comparable prowess to the legendary Uchiha. He could even handle himself against the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path in addition to the Ten-Tails itself.
Kakashi is very adept in taijutsu. In the anime, as a child, he was skilled enough to hold his own against his sensei, Minato Namikaze, in his bell test, managing to touch one of the bells while engaging the more experienced shinobi unarmed, and with assistance from his team, actually snatch one. As an adult, his skills improved considerably. Even when greatly outnumbered by hundreds of enemies, he is easily able to defeat them, using well-coordinated attack patterns to handle the multiple enemy strikes. Kakashi is also able to fight on par with Might Guy, a rival and taijutsu master, ever since childhood. Likewise, from his various challenges against and mission with Guy, Kakashi has copied and developed considerable skill in his friend's fighting style of Strong Fist and several of its techniques, enough to train others in its usage. He is also noted to have impressive speed; being able to intercept an opponent even from a distance as seen during the very start of the bell test. His speed allow him to effectively catch his opponents off-guard to quickly strike them down and easily evade attacks. Even against highly experience assassins, Kakashi can silently sneak-up on them, making him prime to strike. His speed increased considerably in Part II; before the timeskip he had difficulty keeping up with Itachi Uchiha, but he outmaneuvered him after the timeskip. Kakashi has also shown remarkable reflexes, able to instantly react and manoeuvre out of surreal danger. Likewise, his hand seal prowess has also been noted as being very great, able to perform them at highly difficult speeds to follow.
He is also able to open at least one of the Eight Gates, a feat that very few shinobi are able to achieve. In the anime, he can also utilize advanced techniques derived from it while showing no signs of fatigue afterwards. His raw strength is also noticeably high, to clash with the likes of enemies like Zabuza, who possesses great physical strength himself, simultaneously throw Naruto and Sasuke a large distance, and in Part II easily wield the Kubikiribōchō with a single hand despite its considerable weight. He's shown a rather impressive level of durability and endurance, able to survive Nagato's building busting Shinra Tensei with minimum damage and continue fighting afterwards.
GenjutsuWhile used less often, he has also shown proficient skill in genjutsu, which he can use as a set-up for stronger attacks. His skill in its usage is able to easily deceive most opponents with well-timed diversions, giving his opponents little chance to counter. During the bell test for Team 7, Kakashi was able to use low-level techniques to easily subdue a keen-minded and natural genjutsu-type like Sakura. Against most high-level techniques, he has advanced knowledge of their working, and is able to dispel genjutsu as well. He was also able to battle an adult Obito in a genjutsu duel to a standstill.
NinjutsuKakashi primarily relies on his mastery of ninjutsu, possessing both great skill and otherwise knowledge of which he has gained a vast arsenal due in part to his Sharingan; being noted to have copied over a thousand techniques, the number has continually been growing through his many battles. With this arsenal, he can attack or defend in numerous manners. He can immediately discern what type of technique he has encountered the nature behind it. While a student under Minato Namikaze, Kakashi among other things learned how to use the Rasengan. He also demonstrated noticeable skill since childhood in advanced techniques like the Shadow Clone Technique.
Nature TransformationKakashi is proficient in several nature transformations. He has a natural affinity for Lightning Release, which he mastered before even becoming a jōnin. It became so advanced that it is an attribute enemy ninja identify him by. His prowess with Water Release can match specialists like Zabuza Momochi and perform techniques without a nearby water source. His Earth Release prowess is able to move fast and unnoticed underground or produce large and intricate earthen walls rather quickly. In the anime, he has also shown considerable skill in Fire Release, able to produce a massive fireball able to cause much damage to the area. In addition, he is at least knowledgeable enough to train others in Wind Release.
When Kakashi learned to use the Rasengan, he attempted to infuse it with lightning-chakra as it was intended to be combined with element chakra, but ultimately failed. However, he used the same theoretical principle to create the Chidori, which he later refined into the far stronger Lightning Cutter. He can also enlist the aid of a shadow clone, to create a lightning chain to increase his attack range and even cut through a jinchūriki's chakra arms in a "Version 2" state. He can also create a lightning-infused clone, and hound via his manipulation of lightning chakra.
BukijutsuKakashi is a highly-skilled user in a large variety of weapons such as bows and arrows, kusarigama, chains, wire strings and others. Since early childhood, Kakashi had highly proficient skill in kenjutsu, able to wield his father's signature tantō effectively enough to be mistaken for Sakumo. He also has considerable skill in shurikenjutsu able to pin down an opponent with a quick barrage of kunai. Likewise at close-range, he could battle off skilled melee-fighters such as Zabuza and Hidan, armed with their respective unique weapons, with a single kunai. Due to his Anbu background, Kakashi's sword skill was especially improved. His sword-skills are also very adaptable, even able to effectively use the Kubikiribōchō, a blade of unique shape with noticeable size and weight, to defeat kenjutsu specialists like the Seven Mist Swordsmen. He can also enhance his physical tools, channeling lightning-nature chakra through them, gaining enough power to pierce clean through large rocks.
Summoning TechniqueKakashi is also able to summon a pack of ninja hounds of various breeds. Much like his combat skills, Kakashi's use of these summons is highly versatile, ranging from attacking and restraining his opponents. He can combine his Summoning Technique and his Earth Release skills to have his hounds burrow and erupt from the ground in order to help subdue his enemies. Aside from offensive purposes, Kakashi's pack is also highly skilled in tracking down targets, and often used to deliver messages.
SharinganKakashi's most distinguishing ability was the Sharingan in his left eye-socket that was given to him by Obito Uchiha. Since the eye got transplanted into him, Kakashi's ability to copy nearly any technique used against him gave him the moniker Copy Ninja Kakashi (コピー忍者のカカシ, Kopī Ninja no Kakashi) while utilising many of the Sharingan abilities including genjutsu, seeing through deception, and predicting his opponent's next move. This eye also gave Kakashi a heightened visual perception to his surroundings, enabling him to perfect his Chidori and its later version, the Lightning Cutter. While fighting Obito, a potent genjutsu user, Kakashi was able to go toe to toe with his enemy in an illusionary fight until he himself asked that genjutsu fighting be abandoned due to the constant stalemates of it.
When he first received the Sharingan it had only two tomoe. Some time after this, the traumatic loss of his dear friend Rin caused Kakashi's Sharingan to fully mature. However, because he is not an Uchiha, Kakashi was unable to deactivate this dōjutsu and was forced to keep it covered when not needed as it consumed a much greater reserves of chakra than an Uchiha, which forced him into extensive periods of bed rest if overused. Because of this, Kakashi only relied on it when he felt it was an absolute necessity. In Part I, he could only handle using it for a short while in battle before suffering somewhat crippling effects and severe fatigue. In Part II, he was seen using it for seemingly a day while testing Naruto and Sakura without any adverse effects. Regardless, he was very skilled in its usage, having been chosen to help both Sasuke and Itachi Uchiha to help in their development of this dōjutsu, having his greater proficiency to most true Sharingan wielders acknowledged by various prominent Uchiha.
In order to gain access to the other dimension, Madara stole Kakashi's Sharingan, thus stripping Kakashi of all of its powers.
Mangekyō SharinganKakashi awakened his Mangekyō Sharingan after unintentionally killing Rin Nohara, though seemed unaware of its awakening until years later. Its design is three stretched triangles evenly spaced around the pupil that each curve at the top around the eye to form a circle, making it similar to a pinwheel. With it he can perform Kamui: a technique that creates a space-time barrier in the form of a swirling void that sucks any target he focuses his eye on to another dimension and also bring them back; even transporting them to a new location. Originally, Kakashi lacked proper control to accurately hit his target. His skill and aim later improved greatly, able to successfully warp small, fast-moving, or multiple targets in rapid succession as seen against Pain, and Sasuke respectively. He used the technique during the Fourth Shinobi World War. Even Obito, who mastered his variation of Kamui, openly acknowledged Kakashi's great skill with the technique. While battling Obito, Kakashi attempted to use Kamui to behead the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path: an object of significant size and mass, failing only because of Obito's intervention. His finesse allows him to safely warp chakra-based techniques, like the Rasengan or shadow clones without disrupting them, at such speed that Obito himself was fooled into believing Kakashi dispelled the technique instead. While originally demonstrating only long-range use, Kakashi is also able to use Kamui at a short-range. With this new proficiency, by targeting himself, Kakashi can teleport himself at will, able to precisely choose his destination for an attack.
Kamui's chakra requirements are considerably high, such that initially he had to be hospitalized for a week after using it three times in one day. By his battle against Obito, his mastery of this technique improved further, able to use it at least five times, three of which in quick succession (along with multiple other chakra-taxing techniques) and still had enough strength left to act. Afterwards, though tired, he remarked that he retained enough chakra to use the technique a few more times, and only after the fourth use did he start experiencing the immediate side effects, which he soon recovered somewhat from. At the same time, repeated use of Kamui strains Kakashi's Sharingan, ultimately causing it to bleed and temporarily blur his sight, requiring him to get closer for better aim. He is also knowledgeable of other Mangekyō Sharingan techniques as well as the risks the dōjutsu poses to the user's eyesight.
After Madara Uchiha stole Kakashi's Sharingan in order to gain access to the other dimension, Naruto restored his original eye, thus Kakashi no longer possesses the Mangekyō Sharingan nor the Kamui technique.
Repeatedly, Kakashi has proven himself to be a very shrewd and resourceful man, regularly having his opinion asked for by Tsunade, the Fifth Hokage. By a quite young age, Kakashi had enough experience on the battlefield to detect a hiding enemy's presence, impressing his sensei, Minato, and in the anime deceive Orochimaru, greatly injuring the Sannin in the process. Kakashi has even been noted to be smarter than Shikamaru Nara, a ninja well-known for his insightful, and calculating nature. His instincts also allow him to calmly effectively perceive and react to any incoming danger. Yamato notes that Kakashi has his way with words and can be a persuasive speaker, though his arguments are more of a logical nature than of emotional one like those of Naruto Uzumaki. He is also very capable in deception, regularly using his opponents' own tactics against them. He is also good at discerning the emotional nature of people and determining the source of their emotions as demonstrated in his thoughts about Obito. Kakashi's intellect has proven itself against various S-rank ninja, including members of Akatsuki, showing undeniable perceptive and analytical skills, able to quickly and single-handedly deduce the workings of the most mysterious enemy techniques and near instantly plot successful diversions in order to verify his theories (most of the time proving them correct). He is aided, in this regard, by his calm personality, which allows him to handle a given situation with some detachment.
His long career as a jōnin, and formerly as an Anbu, have only expanded his knowledge, allowing him to handle virtually any situation. For these reasons Kakashi has been assigned to a variety of teams — always as the leader — and he is always able to work well with his team-mates. Chōza Akimichi attributes Kakashi's success to his approach to battles: he avoids direct combat by using misdirection and clones until he can determine the opponent's skills, at which point he modifies his tactics to fit the situation. Kakashi has also shown repeatedly to be a highly capable teacher. He has come up with various unorthodox methods to help his students produce impressive leaps in their abilities in weeks what would normally take months if not years of intense training.
Originally, Kakashi's primary weakness was his average reserves of chakra and stamina. He could only maintain his Sharingan for a short time, quickly tiring out from overusing it and ultimately collapsing if used too long, followed by great difficulty to even stand for days. He also stated he could only use his signature technique, Lightning Cutter, four times in a single day before it wouldn't work. To somewhat compensate for this, Kakashi possesses very refined chakra control, allowing him to use multiple techniques quickly with the minimum necessary chakra and to their highest level. Kakashi's control also allows him to perform various techniques, usually lightning-based, with few to no hand seals.
Over the course of the series, his reserves improved considerably to extend his timespan and versatility to fight multiple high-level opponents. By Part II, he can maintain his Sharingan for an entire day and utilize several chakra-taxing techniques in quick succession unfazed, including his Lightning Cutter at least six times. His chakra reserves development is best seen with his Mangekyō Sharingan technique, Kamui. Originally, a single use tired him greatly. Using it more than twice in a single day would leave him crippled for over a week. By the time of the Fourth Shinobi World War, he was able to fight throughout an entire day right before going to fight against Tobi and his Six Paths of Pain which comprised of reincarnated jinchūriki. Once arriving, he was able to use Kamui several times in quick succession before finally collapsing as his eye started bleeding. Shortly afterwards, he recovered enough to stand up on his own and soon leapt back into action, using Kamui yet again, along with several other chakra-taxing techniques.
A man who epitomizes versatility, Kakashi's expertise is not limited to the three major ninja skill sets; he is renowned for his tracking abilities and has otherwise displayed proficiency with trap-making, medical, survival, escapism, stealth, subterfuge, and assassination. Kakashi is also noted to have a better sense of smell than Kiba Inuzuka did in Part I, a noteworthy member of a clan with canine-like senses. Even without sight, Kakashi is still a highly formidable fighter, able to use his other senses and knowledge of his surroundings, allies, and enemies to perceive the situation and overwhelm his opponents. Kakashi has also developed considerable prowess in fūinjutsu, something that Orochimaru found impressive given Kakashi's age.
Although later earning status as a jōnin-sensei, Kakashi developed a reputation throughout the academy for having exceedingly high standards on who he would train, thus every potential genin team he was assigned to failed in every survival training exam that he proctored while using a bell test, requiring the three of them to obtain at least one bell that he keeps on his waist. With only two bells available and three genin present, his students believed the test to be a competition against each other and so they worked independently in the attempt to take a bell. In the anime, when he learned that of his next potential Team 7 — which consisted of Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha, and Sakura Haruno — he decided to spy on them a bit to better understand their natures.
Each of the young ninja try their own methods to getting a bell, only for Kakashi to easily defeat them. After Team 7 failed their test, Kakashi was quick to express his displeasure at their performance and that true goal was team-work. After explaining the importance of team-work and seeing how ashamed they were at their performance, Kakashi decided to give Team 7 one more chance to act as a team, and let them take a break for lunch. However, Naruto, having earlier tried to steal their lunches, was forbidden to eat with a severe penalty for anybody feeding him. When he watches Sasuke and Sakura giving Naruto their food to have him in peak condition from afar, Kakashi immediately confronted them while feigning anger. Delighted as they defiantly stand up to him on the grounds that they are a team, Kakashi passes them on the ground they placed loyalty amongst comrades first.
It was later revealed that Kakashi was chosen specifically by Hiruzen Sarutobi to be the leader of Team 7 because of Naruto and Sasuke. Kakashi's duty in addition to training the team was also to keep the Nine-Tails in Naruto contained, and to ensure Sasuke does not tread a dark path, since they had similar traits that would allow Kakashi to better understand him.
Later, in the anime, upon returning from another mission, Kakashi and his team noticed an ANBU team bringing a tied-up beautiful woman who appeared to be a street performer to the village. When Inoichi Yamanaka probed her mind to learn the truth of her identity, it was revealed that she was Hanare from the Jōmae Village on a mission to acquire Konoha secrets. It was also revealed that she knew Kakashi from back when he was a child. Deciding that Kakashi would have the best chance of finding out her true goals. Kakashi decided to let her walk about freely within the village while he escorted her. While walking through the village, Hanare seemed to genuinely enjoy the atmosphere of it, and also seemed drawn to Kakashi, blushing when he looked at her for too long. As Kakashi began to get Hanare to open up about herself, revealing how she met Kakashi and what he meant to her, Kakashi's students, who were spying came crashing out of the tree, landing on Kakashi and Hanare. This caused the two adults to accidentally kiss, and Kakashi to reveal his Sharingan.
After collecting himself, he demanded for the three to explain themselves. Naruto responded first by presenting a bouquet of flowers a congratulations as the three believed Kakashi was dating Hanare. The adults smiled to each other at the kids misunderstanding. Later, Konoha received word that the Jōmae Village had captured a Konoha ninja and demanded an exchange for Hanare. At the exchange, a trap was set, forcing both sides to engage in battle. Kakashi went after Hanare. Upon cornering her, Kakashi revealed that he knows Hanare has a special mind reading technique that lets her look into an individual's mind, even the user's own, without hand seals and used it to read Inoichi's mind while he probed her, meaning she intentionally got taken captive. Kakashi realised this when his Sharingan was accidentally revealed and copied her technique. Hanare then revealed that she used her technique to erase the information she gained. Saying that she enjoyed her time in Konoha so much like the home she never had and the blessing of Kakashi's students for her, she couldn't betray that new-found trust. Refusing to kill her, Kakashi chose to let her go.
Later in the anime, a young but promising ninja named Sabiru proposed a new defence system for the village. Kakashi was one of the guards for the meeting that including the both the Land of Fire and Konoha council. While everyone admired Sabiru's intellect and ambition, Kakashi and the Third Hokage had their suspicions about him. Later, as the council was about to vote to pass Sabiru's proposal, they were interrupted by Kisuke Maboroshi, an ANBU who suspected Sabiru of treason. When it was discovered that Kisuke had in fact died recently, making this man an impostor, he retreated. It was revealed to Naruto, working in league with the spirit of Kisuke. Having talked to Kakashi, the two worked together and tricked Sabiru into confessing his crimes. Before they could take him in, he was killed by an unknown assailant.
During another mission in the anime, Team 7 was assigned to retrieve a golden statue stolen by bandits. To balance his plan for an ambush, Kakashi decided to go solo while his students attacked from a separate location. Naruto and Sasuke accidentally became stuck together by the bandit's leader, Jako's, liquid chakra, but managed to unite their efforts and get the statue back, despite it being seriously damaged. Kakashi however noted that they could probably melt and reforge it. While Naruto and Sasuke continued to bicker at their predicament lasting for another two to three days, Kakashi smiled to himself at how far thier bond has come despite their differences.
Land of Waves Arc
After completing a number of easy D-rank missions, Team 7, at Naruto's insistence get assigned a somewhat more difficult C-rank task of escorting the bridge-builder Tazuna to the Land of Waves. Noticing they were about to be ambushed en route by the Demon Brothers, Kakashi faked his death to determine if their target was his team or Tazuna. Easily defeated them upon seeing them attempt to kill the bridge builder, Kakashi realised that Tazuna has not been completely honest of the mission and threatens Tazuna to tell them the truth. After hearing Tazuna's goal to build a bridge to free his country from the tyranny of Gatō, despite the mission now being more of an A-rank or B-rank, Kakashi decides for his group to remain until the bridge was complete.Upon arriving in the Land of Waves, Team 7 was attacked by Zabuza Momochi, a missing-nin of Kirigakure and former Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist member who is under Gatō's employment. Despite his Sharingan, combined with his need to protect his students from the more experienced ninja, Kakashi finds himself trapped in a water prison. Luckily, Naruto and Sasuke orchestrate a gambit to free him. From there, using both his Sharingan and psychological warfare, Kakashi placed Zabuza at a disadvantage until a young Kirigakure hunter-nin named Haku stepped in and appeared to kill Zabuza before dragging him away for disposal. While forced to recuperate from his Sharingan overuse, Kakashi realizes that Haku might have faked Zabuza's death to save him, deciding to train Team 7 in perfecting their chakra control for a week until they can resume bodyguard duty. Once at the bridge, Kakashi's suspicions are confirmed when Team 7 is confronted by Zabuza and Haku. While their wards battle, Kakashi once more battles Zabuza as he learned to counter him with his Hiding in Mist Technique to keep him from falling prey to Kakashi's Sharingan. In response, Kakashi summons his ninken underground to locate and pin down Zabuza to finish him off with a Lightning Cutter. However, Haku uses himself as a human shield and took the fatal blow intended for Zabuza. But despite Haku's sacrifice, Kakashi had the upper hand until Gatō and his crew arrive to wipe out everyone. After seeing the gravely wounded Zabuza managing to kill Gatō, Kakashi used his Multiple Shadow Clone Technique to scare the other criminals. As Zabuza died, he asked Kakashi to bring his body beside Haku's before he passed away. As Naruto tells Kakashi Haku was born in a "snowy village", Kakashi believes Zabuza really will go to where Haku has gone. Kakashi buried them alongside each other before returning to Konoha with Team 7, as the bridge is completed.
Chūnin Exam Arc
Feeling his students were ready, Kakashi entered Team 7 in the Chūnin Exams, despite some initial disapproval from other elite ninja. After Sasuke was branded with the Cursed Seal of Heaven by Orochimaru during the exam's second phase, unable to remove it, Kakashi used the Evil Sealing Method to try and prevent its usage. Following the preliminary matches, Kakashi decided to personally train Sasuke for a month after realising how much Orochimaru desired Sasuke from his subordinate Kabuto Yakushi attempting to abduct him. Kakashi tried to reinforce Sasuke’s self-worth and value for his friends by teaching him how to use Chidori as a deterrent against the cursed seal. As the training also involved taijutsu training copied from Rock Lee to better condition Sasuke's body for the Chidori, Kakashi runs late in delivering Sasuke to his final round match.
Invasion of Konoha Arc
When Sunagakure and Otogakure's invasion of Konoha began during Sasuke's match, Kakashi released a genjutsu along with Might Guy and Sakura, and helped repel the invaders along with Guy. They ended up having several contests to see who could defeat the most Suna and Oto-nin, although Guy usually won. When he noticed that Sasuke was going after Gaara, Kakashi sent Naruto, Sakura, Shikamaru Nara, and Pakkun to stop him and bring him back. After defeating several Suna and Oto-nin, he is briefly seen with Guy, Aoba and Kurenai. After the failed Invasion, he attends Hiruzen's funeral, mourning his loss, he listens to Iruka's words at the funeral and thinks how sad it would be if the Third Hokage had died for nothing.
Search for Tsunade Arc
Shortly after the invasion was prevented, Kakashi comes to the aid of Asuma Sarutobi and Kurenai Yūhi when they nearly got killed by Itachi Uchiha and Kisame Hoshigaki when they arrived to the village. Having learned of Akatsuki from Jiraiya, Kakashi was able to hold his own against Itachi for a short while until falling to his opponent's Tsukuyomi. Severely weakened by the technique, Kakashi confirmed that Itachi and Kisame are after Naruto before losing consciousness. Before they could take him, Kakashi is saved by Guy's arrival with the Akatsuki members driven off. Kakashi was left in a coma after what happened, and was not revived until Tsunade returned to the village. Immediately after recovering, he was sent on a new mission.
In the anime, one of his missions was survey the Valley of Judgement for an eye medical plant as Orochimaru might be interested in it for his dōjutsu research. Later, Kakashi and Guy discovered Naruto, Sakura, and Neji looked for the said plant to aid Hinata's eye recovery. When the genin were attacked by the inhabited people, Kakashi and Guy acted, driving them away. Afterwards, Kakashi stated that there was no point pursing the plant as the people of this valley have spent countless years there to the point they have lost their eyesight. The Konoha ninja then returned home.
In another mission, to further strengthen the new alliance between the Konoha and Sunagakure, Kakashi's team joined a Suna ninja team that included Gaara, who Kakashi noticed seemed much calmer than before. On their way to the mission, they were attacked by a group of Suna ninja determined to kill Gaara as they still deemed him a danger. While understanding their views, Kakashi did not agree with them and attacked. After defeating these enemies, Kakashi and his team made their way to their to destroy a group of bandit's stronghold, which was a success.
Later in the anime, Team 7 went on a mission with Team 10 to rescue the granddaughter of a Village Headman who was kidnapped by a cunning bandits leader named Baji. After being taken to the entrance cave of Baji's headquarters by a former member named Tōfu and told of its basic structure, it was decided between Kakashi and Shikamaru to have only the jōnin enter while the genin stay behind. However, it was later revealed to be a deception of Shikamaru's, who cleverly manipulated his and the other genins' way into the stronghold, systematically taking down Baji and his forces. Once reuniting with Kakashi and Asuma, Kakashi congratulated Shikamaru for his effective plan.
Later, Tsunade assigns Team 7 a mission to locate and discover the plans of a missing-nin named Sadai. However, Kakashi and Tsunade noted that ever since Naruto defeated Gaara whereas Sasuke failed, Sasuke has been feeling inferior to him, leading to greater turmoil between them. It was decided that Kakashi would take Sasuke alone for this mission while Naruto and Sakura were sent to escort Naho, a young girl who is a relative of the Fire Daimyō. Later, Kakashi and Sasuke found and infiltrated Sadai's base where they learned he planned to kidnap Naho. With Pakkun's help they were able to find Naruto and Sakura's trail, but not before they were taken captive by Sadai's gang. With the scents mixed up, Kakashi summoned another ninken and split up with Sasuke following Pakkun. Sasuke ended up finding Sadai first. Kakashi arrived in time to stop Sasuke from beating an already defeated Sadai to death, reminding Sasuke they should bring him back for questioning. Still steaming, Sasuke left the team and returned to the village, much to Kakashi annoyance.
Sasuke Retrieval ArcBefore setting out on his mission, Kakashi stops a battle between Naruto and Sasuke. Learning that Sasuke had relapsed into desiring revenge, Kakashi lectures the youth that the Chidori was designed to protect friends — not attack them. Despite encouraging Sasuke to place greater importance on friendship, Kakashi learned upon his return that his student has defected and a squad of genin, led by Shikamaru, has been sent out to retrieve him and deal with Orochimaru’s Sound Four. Ignoring the fact that he had a new mission, Kakashi rushed out to track down Sasuke and the retrieval team. Using his ninken, Kakashi was able to locate a defeated Naruto, with Sasuke long gone. Unable to pursue Sasuke because of a fresh rainfall and due to Naruto's current condition, Kakashi took Naruto back to the village to recover, saddened that he failed to help his students.
Pre-Shippūden Filler Arcs
Kakashi continued to be sent on missions during the anime's filler arcs, leaving him with very few appearances. He returned from a mission in time to recapture some of the prisoners that had escaped from prison when Mizuki led a breakout. He was later sent to assist with the Cursed Warrior incident in the Land of Birds. While not officially his mission and arriving much later, Kakashi realised the situation wasn't as it seemed, and ultimately took command of the team, thereby deciding to investigate. This led to Kakashi's fight with Hōki's minions, Nagare and Hokushin, whom he defeated with relative ease.
In the Ultimate Weapon Arc, Kakashi was sent to spy on the Takumi Village when rumours of an uprising reached Konoha. There, he discovered the entire village abandoned, and the corpses missing. He later showed up towards the end of the arc, where he was sent as part of reinforcements, along with Jiraiya, to aid Naruto and the rest of the genin in helping Sunagakure, only to discover that Naruto's team had already successfully completed their mission. At the conclusion of Part I, Naruto and Sakura began training under Jiraiya and Tsunade respectively, leaving Kakashi free to train himself.
Kazekage Rescue Arc
With Team 7 effectively dissolved, Kakashi spent the two and half years further enhancing and refining his abilities to prepare for the inevitable battle with Akatsuki. After Naruto's return to the village, Kakashi was given, by Naruto, the newest edition to the Icha-Icha series. Later, Kakashi had Naruto and Sakura take another bell test, with the real objective being to actually capture the bells, to see how much they have improved. When they were unable to get close enough to Kakashi to each take a bell, Naruto and Sakura resorted to trying to spoil the plot of the most recent Icha-Icha novel, throwing Kakashi off guard and allowing them to take the bells.
When word reached Konoha that Gaara had been kidnapped by Akatsuki, Team Kakashi was sent to rescue Gaara. Upon arrival in Sunagakure, they are teamed with Chiyo before following Akatsuki's trail. Along the way, they encountered Itachi. Kakashi was able to fight on even grounds in this battle, but noted that Itachi's performance wasn't what it was the last time they met. With a well-timed maneuver, Kakashi was able to trick and restrain Itachi, giving Naruto the opening needed to finish the fight with his Big Ball Rasengan. Afterwards, they discovered that the Itachi was only a lookalike. They then met up with Team Guy, which was sent as back-up to Team Kakashi, outside an Akatsuki lair. Because there is a barrier over the entrance, Team Guy went to take down the barrier. This allowed Team Kakashi to infiltrate the lair, where they found Sasori, Deidara and Gaara.Deidara flew off with Gaara's body, with Naruto and Kakashi in pursuit, leaving Sasori to Sakura and Chiyo. While pursuing Deidara, Kakashi tried to use his new Mangekyō Sharingan and its Kamui ability in an attempt to remove his head, but his aim was poor and he was only able to sever an arm. Nevertheless, Naruto was able to retrieve Gaara. With Naruto successful, Deidara tried to use a Suicide Bombing Clone to escape. Kakashi used Kamui again to get rid of the explosion, saving Team Guy, who was nearby. Chiyo gives her life to revive Gaara and they return home. Because he used Kamui too much, Guy prompted to carry Kakashi on his back, to the disgust of the rest of the two teams except for Lee who offered to do the same with Neji. Afterwards Kakashi is left bed-ridden for a week.
Sasuke and Sai Arc
Kakashi, a bit disorientated, was brought back to Konohagakure by Guy and rushed to the hospital to recover from the strain of using his Mangekyō Sharingan. Ordered bed rest for at least a week, Yamato, a former ANBU ally, goes in his stead as Team Kakashi's leader to capture Sasori's spy. Before the mission began, Kakashi learned the horror that awaited if Naruto was allowed to reach the fourth-tail of the Nine-Tails chakra cloak; Jiraiya had received a near-fatal blow to the chest during training with Naruto in that form. He was later hooked up to an IV, complaining that he wanted to eat solid foods.
Twelve Guardian Ninja Arc
Upon Team Kakashi's return to Konohagakure, Kakashi learned that they failed in capturing Sasori's spy and of their defeat by Sasuke. He then revealed that he had been brainstorming ideas on how to help their training and ultimately came up with an idea that worked only for Naruto; he would help him create a new and powerful technique that would allow Naruto to possibly surpass him. Being discharged from the hospital soon after (mainly due to Naruto camping out in his room, wanting to start training right away), Kakashi explained that using the Multiple Shadow Clone Technique would allow Naruto to gain experience from each clone when he undoes the technique. Using special paper that responds to chakra, Kakashi helped Naruto learn that his chakra nature was wind-affiliated. With Yamato's help in keeping the Nine-Tails suppressed Kakashi was amazed at how fast Naruto was mastering his wind nature. Following Naruto getting advice from Asuma, Kakashi was called away for a new mission by Tsunade, leaving Naruto unable to train.
Hidan and Kakuzu Arc
After resuming training with Naruto, Kakashi revealed that this training was to allow Naruto to combine his Wind chakra with his Rasengan to create a brand new technique attempted by the Fourth Hokage; to demonstrate his point, Kakashi showed Naruto that he could perform the Rasengan as well, but couldn't add his Lightning chakra to it. Upon hearing that Asuma Sarutobi had been killed in a battle with Akatsuki, Kakashi decided to lead Team 10 in avenging him, as Naruto had already advanced in his training beyond needing Kakashi's assistance. He left Yamato in charge of overseeing Naruto's training, and had Shikamaru work with him on the plan of attack.When they located Akatsuki members Hidan and Kakuzu, Shikamaru distracted the two, giving Kakashi an opportunity to hit Kakuzu with a Lightning Cutter. Although successful, it turned out that Kakuzu had a total of five hearts, one of which (the earth heart) Kakashi had already destroyed. Realising that the Akatsuki duo were seemingly unstoppable when together, the team decided to separate them, with Kakashi handing a capsule filled with Kakuzu's blood to Shikamaru and the latter leading Hidan away. Kakashi later escaped Kakuzu's counterattack, when Hidan inadvertently destroyed his partner's water heart with his curse technique. While Hidan fell to Shikamaru, Kakuzu intended on taking Kakashi's and the remaining members of Team 10's hearts to replace the ones he lost, with three hearts remaining intact. In the nick of time, Naruto and the rest of Team Kakashi came to their aid. Using his new Wind Release: Rasenshuriken, Naruto was able to crack Kakuzu's fire and wind hearts, leaving Kakuzu defeated. This gave Kakashi the opportunity to finally finish the Akatsuki member off with another Lightning Cutter. As Kakuzu wondered how he could have been defeated by the likes of them, Kakashi told him before killing him how the next generation will always surpass the current one. Kakashi along with Yamato are later summoned to Kakuzu's autopsy by Tsunade who labels Naruto's new technique as a kinjutsu and orders that he never uses it again because of the detrimental side-effects. Afterwards Kakashi finds Naruto at Ramen Ichiraku and ends up having to feed him his noodles. As Kakashi attempts to tell him what Tsunade says, Naruto interrupts him telling him not to stop him from progressing.
In the anime, after Konoha learned where Orochimaru was, Kakashi was assigned to lead Team 8 in tracking down Orochimaru and potentially Sasuke. They were able to find one of his bases, but it was destroyed upon their arrival to get rid of any evidence. They decided to look for survivors, and in doing so, found a number of prisoners trapped in crystals. Perplexed by this, Kakashi was unable to properly investigate, discovering that the team was being spied on.
Kakashi and his team later found themselves attacked by Orochimaru's minions, and trapped by Guren's crystal labyrinth. While initially at a disadvantage, Team Yamato arrived in time to free them from the labyrinth. The two teams then pursued Guren and her men to a lake where they discover that the Three-Tails was located somewhere in its centre. Later, when Kakashi learned from Naruto that Guren was accompanied with a young boy named Yūkimaru, Kakashi deduced that the child must have an important role to play in Orochimaru's plans for the Three-Tails.
After receiving backup from Konoha, Kakashi focused their efforts to seal the beast and retrieve Yūkimaru. After Guren and her men interrupted the sealing, the Three-Tails went on a rampage, and ate both Naruto and Guren whole. With help from Yūkimaru, Kakashi and his team were able to free Naruto and Guren from the Three-Tails. Kakashi immediately had his team restart the sealing process, but was again stopped by Guren's forces, who were enhanced with cursed seals, making them more formidable opponents. While the Konoha-nin were able to dispose of them, Yūkimaru witnessing Guren's seemingly death caused his power to erupt in full force, causing the Three-Tails to break free from the seal and retreat back underwater.
Later, Kakashi's team was ordered to return to the village to formulate a new plan for dealing with the Three-Tails. On the night before the team returned, Yūkimaru left after being treated by Shizune. While aware of Yūkimaru's departure, Kakashi chose not to stop or pursue him, believing that Yūkimaru was no longer in any danger or a danger to them.
Itachi Pursuit Arc
When word of Orochimaru's defeat at the hands of Sasuke reached Konoha, Kakashi tried to make another attempt at retrieving Sasuke. He assembled the members of Team Kakashi and Team Kurenai (minus Kurenai) into an Eight Man Squad, and set out to locate either Sasuke or his brother, Itachi. Kiba and Naruto were eventually able to find Sasuke's location, and the team gave chase, only to be delayed by Tobi. Their efforts to attack Tobi all proved futile because of Tobi's unique teleporting technique. It was not until Zetsu reported to Tobi that Sasuke had killed Itachi that they were able to continue their pursuit. Before Tobi disappeared, Kakashi noticed, to his shock, a Sharingan on Tobi. Despite the team's haste, Tobi got to Sasuke first and, having lost the trail, were forced to return home.
Tsuchigumo Kinjutsu Arc
In the anime, while returning to the village, Katsuyu appears with a message from Tsunade. The team is ordered to aid the Tsuchigumo clan in protecting its forbidden technique from the missing-nin. Kakashi puts Yamato in charge of the mission while he returns to the village for more information.
Invasion of Pain ArcKakashi was present in Tsunade's office where Fukasaku told the room at large, including Naruto, that Jiraiya was killed by the leader of the Akatsuki. Kakashi left Naruto alone to mourn for his loss but later helped the decoders decipher Jiraiya's message using a clue from the latest Icha-Icha instalment, much to Kakashi's extreme discomfort and Shikamaru's embarrassment. While Naruto left the village to learn senjutsu, Kakashi prepared himself for an Akatsuki attack.
When Akatsuki's leader, Pain, attacked Konoha in search of Naruto, Kakashi confronted Pain's Deva Path, after realising that the initial attack was a diversion. He saved Iruka Umino from certain death, but was overpowered by the Deva Path's gravitational-manipulation techniques, repelling all of Kakashi's attacks. When the Asura Path arrived to help the Deva Path, Kakashi was forced on the defensive until he got reinforcements from Chōji and Chōza Akimichi. After figuring out the Deva Path's powers, Kakashi devised a plan, and used Chōji and Chōza's help to take down the Deva Path. They almost succeeded, but the Asura Path uses itself as shield, allowing the Deva Path to counter, defeating them all. Noting that Kakashi was too great a threat to be left alive, the Deva Path sends a nail flying towards the Copy Ninja, seemingly killing him.
Believing them all to be dead, the Deva Path left. When he came to, Kakashi sent Chōji to tell Tsunade about the Deva Path's abilities. But as Chōji left, the still-active Asura Path launched a missile at him. Despite knowing that he was almost out of chakra, and would likely die if he used the Mangekyō Sharingan again, Kakashi used Kamui to dispose of the missile and save Chōji. Having expended the last of his chakra, Kakashi died, and his soul left his body. He lamented on how he failed to protect Rin and soon found himself at a campfire with his deceased father, Sakumo, to whom he tells his life story upon request from his father.
During Pain's destruction of Konoha, Kakashi's body was protected by one of Katsuyu's divisions. After finishing the recount of his life, he stated that he finally understood why his father had chosen to save his friends and was now proud of him for it. Their conversation was halted when a ray of light beamed down upon Kakashi, as a result of Nagato's Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. Before seeing his son depart, Sakumo thanked Kakashi, and declared that he would now be able to join his wife. Kakashi then woke up in the Konoha battlefield, with Chōji shocked. As Kakashi wondered what happened, a Katsuyu division explained to him the series of events that had occurred. After the invasion came to an end, Kakashi fetched Naruto and brought him back to a massive welcoming party at Konoha. There, he complimented Naruto on finally achieving his goal to be accepted and appreciated by the whole village.
Konoha History Arc
In the anime, while aiding the village in its recovery from Pain's attack, Kakashi found himself thinking of many past moments in his life. Watching Naruto and Sakura walk off reminded him of when they were first assigned to his team along with Sasuke.
Later, upon seeing a street performer come to entertain the village, Kakashi couldn't help but notice her resemblance to the Hanare of the Jōmae Village.
Five Kage Summit ArcWhen news reaches Konoha of Sasuke's actions in the Land of Lightning, Naruto asks Kakashi and Yamato to take him to the Land of Iron so that he can ask the Fourth Raikage to forgive Sasuke. Before leaving, Kakashi asks Sai to keep their departure a secret from Danzō, the acting Hokage while Tsunade is in a coma. They locate the Raikage, but Naruto is unable to convince him. During their stay at a motel in the Land of Iron, Tobi confronts Naruto. Having expected him, Kakashi and Yamato attack him. Knowing the attacks will have no effect, Tobi tells them about Sasuke's motivations, the Sage of the Six Paths, the Uchiha clan, and the truth of Itachi. Kakashi then asks what Tobi's own motives are, but receives only the answer of "to be complete" before Tobi disappears.
Sai and Sakura follow Naruto to the Land of Iron and Sakura tells Naruto that she loves him and Kakashi watches on in disappointment and stops an angered Yamato from interrupting, trusting Naruto to handle it. Kakashi suspects that this is not the real reason they came, which is confirmed by one of Sai's ink clones. Sakura, as agreed upon by the other members of the Konoha 11, is going to kill Sasuke before he involves Konoha in a future war in any way possible. Knowing that she is no match for Sasuke and possibly understanding that he is most likely the only one who can reason with her in her current mental state, Kakashi prepares to follow her. At that moment, Gaara arrives and tells them about the start of the Fourth Shinobi World War and Danzō's actions at the Kage Summit. He adds that the other Kage would prefer if Kakashi were the Hokage. When Gaara leaves, the ink clone guides Kakashi to Sakura.
The ink clone disperses en route when Sakura neutralises the real Sai. Kakashi finds her in time to stop Sasuke from killing her and tells her that, as Sasuke's teacher, he will be the one to kill him. Kakashi makes one final attempt to draw Sasuke away from a life of vengeance, but Sasuke menacingly responds by saying that only by bringing his entire clan back would he stop. Kakashi tells Sakura to leave with Karin while he fights Sasuke, and contemplated his feelings being the same as the Third Hokage's with Orochimaru. Their fight soon led off the bridge they were on and Kakashi receives an attack from Sasuke's Susanoo. Kakashi is forced to use Kamui to divert the attack, which leaves him unable to protect Sakura when she rejoins the fight. Naruto arrives in time to save her, and furious at Sasuke's mercilessness, Kakashi tries to finish him off. Naruto halts Kakashi in order to speak with Sasuke, who gloats about having killed Danzō. Tobi and Zetsu soon arrive and Kakashi, at Naruto's request, allows them to leave with Sasuke without incident. Kakashi tries to take out Tobi with Kamui, but Tobi tells him that the technique won't work on him. Tobi teleports away taking Sasuke, and Zetsu leaves then as well. Kakashi collects Karin, believing she may have useful information, and revives Sai and Sakura's other escorts. They are then met by members of Root. Learning that Danzō was truly dead as the seals he placed on all of his subordinates have vanished, Kakashi and his team decided to quickly to return to the village knowing that Kakashi would most likely be made the new Hokage.
Confining the Jinchūriki Arc
Upon returning to Konoha, Kakashi brings Karin to Ibiki for questioning. Kakashi spoke with Koharu Utatane and Homura Mitokado about all that had occurred. While reluctant, he agreed to their decision to make him Hokage as the Allied Shinobi Forces would need a Kage from each of the Five Nations and Kakashi already had full trust and respect from the other Kage. In the anime, word quickly spread about Kakashi being appointed the Sixth Hokage. Happy for his long-time friend and rival, Guy challenged him to a race, which resulted in Kakashi's 50th win over Guy. Soon afterwards, Kakashi was taken to the Stone Carvers of the Hokage Monument to make a replica of his face to carve his likeness on the monument.
Later, he accompanied the Konoha Council to a meeting hall with the Fire Daimyō and his delegation. Despite a unanimous vote for Kakashi, moments before he was officially declared the Sixth Hokage, news reached them of Tsunade waking up, ending the proceedings. Later, while Tsunade was recovering, Kakashi spoke with her and thanked her for waking up in time, noting he was not cut out for the position of Hokage.
In the anime, upon receiving news that Kabuto Yakushi is responsible for the massacre in Tonika Village, Tsunade sends Kakashi and reinforcements to assist Team Yamato. By the time they found Team Yamato in Hachō Village, Kabuto had managed to create a copy of Naruto with the Nine-Tails' "Version 2" power that overwhelmed Naruto. Guy and Lee went to fend it off as while Kakashi confronted Kabuto, determined to capture him. Kabuto responded by surrounding Kakashi and his allies with several reincarnated shinobi. As Kakashi began pursuing Kabuto, the Nine-Tailed Naruto Clone absorbed much of the Nine-Tails' chakra from Naruto, expanding its chakra cloak to become a giant replication of the Nine-Tails and began devastating the village. Kakashi quickly turned his attention to the destruction and help his team save the inhabitants. After the Clone-Naruto lost its extra power, it was retrieved by Kabuto. While there were no deaths from the attack and Kakashi's team began treating the injured, Naruto and Dokku were captured by Kabuto. Trying to determine Kabuto's goal, it was theorized that the rogue ninja is trying to refine the Second Hokage's technique.
Later, after having met the village leader Disonasu, Kakashi recognized him old records as a mass murderer thought dead and also an old partner of Orochimaru. Kakashi and his team followed him to The Hole of Tonika Village where was revealed to be working with Kabuto in attempting to resurrect the Ama no Hoko. Kabuto quickly acted by summoning his reincarnated and cloned shinobi. While Kakashi's team engaged the enemies and a freed Naruto took on his copy, Kakashi engaged Kabuto. Ultimately, Disonasu was able to active the Ama no Hoko. The resulting release of energy causes the Clone-Naruto to fall into the structure and transform into a giant hydra-like Nine-Tails, killing Disonasu quickly afterwards. As Naruto enters a becomes shrouded in a tailed beast-sized chakra cloak to battle the mutated Clone-Naruto, Kakashi grows concern for his student, allowing the reincarnated Deidara to retrieve Kabuto and escape. Kakashi watches in horror as Naruto gradually gets overcome by the Nine-Tails, turning into the actual demon. At the last moment, one of the village children, Miina, calls to Naruto with an unknown power, helping Naruto regain control of himself, transforming again into a new but incomplete chakra form, which Kakashi and the others look at in awe. This new form allows Naruto to destroy the evil clone, allowing Dokku to deactivate the Ama no Hoko.
Adventures at Sea Arc
In the anime, Kakashi won a sushi eating contest against Guy, giving him the lead in their rivalry with 51 wins. Later, while preparing for the upcoming war, he was approached by Kiba Inuzuka. Depressed that Naruto had come so far in comparison to him as Naruto was bottom-graduate of their class, Kiba asked Kakashi to train him since he trained Naruto and also shared an affinity for canine-related techniques not unlike Kiba. Feeling too busy, Kakashi instead summoned his nin-ken to assist Kiba in the training. Later, after his nin-ken successfully taught a lesson about perseverance to Kiba, they told Kakashi about how Kiba said he wanted to be like Naruto, which Kakashi doubted Kiba would want.
Later, Tsunade told Kakashi that as a veteran from the previous great war and someone respected by all five great nations, he was to be assigned a unit commander for the joined shinobi forces. Kakashi humbly accepted the decision but asked for Tsunade to appoint a second-in-command for Kakashi that he could trust completely, which Kakashi suggested be Might Guy. Suddenly, a small projectile crashed into the room. It was revealed to be a small nin-turtle from Guy delivering an SOS. Kakashi quickly went off to aid Guy, who was currently on a mission to escort Naruto through the Land of Lightning. When Kakashi found Guy, having grown suspicious of enemy attacks from rumours of more advanced transformation techniques, the one-sided rival believed Kakashi was an impostor and attacked him. After a heated battle, Kakashi fighting purely defensively, was able to convince Guy that he was real by pointing out a private and embarrassing fact from Guy's childhood. After calming down, Kakashi explained that Guy sent his SOS turtle to him. Guy realised that while experiencing seasickness, he accidentally bit his finger and summoned his turtle. Seeing that everything was fine, Kakashi returned to the village, sure that Guy would protect Naruto well.
Fourth Shinobi World War: Confrontation Arc
Kakashi was later appointed as commander of the Allied Shinobi Forces' Third Division. As he and the other generals stood over their battalions he urged Gaara as the Regimental Commander to say a few words to them. As two ninja on the brink of infighting began to bicker, Kakashi watched on noting that he had a feeling something like this would happen and as Gaara parted them and spoke to the masses Kakashi noticed the change in atmosphere around the ninja.Later on while Kakashi was with his division, he saw the ambush squad set off a red flare. He then ordered his division to go to the Surprise Attack Division. They arrive in the nick of time and save Sai, Omoi, and Zaji from danger. Much to Sakura and his surprise, they find Zabuza and Haku amongst the enemy ranks. Zabuza and Haku ask how Naruto is doing, and Kakashi remarks that Naruto has become an admirable shinobi. However, their reunion is cut short when Kabuto strengthens his grip on the resurrected shinobi, completely eradicating their personalities. Before completing losing control of themselves, Haku and Zabuza pleaded for Kakashi to stop them, with Kakashi agreeing as he revealed his Sharingan. As Zabuza used the Hiding in Mist Technique, Kakashi orders his squad into a Manji Formation around the sensor ninja. When Kakashi's division is about to mount a counter-attack, he watches in exasperation as the previous generation of the Seven Ninja Swordsmen of the Mist is summoned to the battlefield. As the swordsmen begin to thin the division's numbers, Kakashi comes up with a plan to neutralise the Hiding in Mist Technique used by Zabuza. He tries to impale Zabuza with a Lightning Cutter, only for Haku to take the blow. Zabuza then seizes the opportunity to attack the immobile Kakashi. Kakashi narrowly dodges the strike with only a shallow wound, which fully regenerates Zabuza's Kubikiribōchō, while Haku was bisected at the waist. As Kakashi reflects on how this situation was just like their last battle, he remembers how Zabuza and Haku taught Naruto an important lesson in bonds. Kakashi openly thanked them for being Naruto's first opponents. Also remembering how Kakashi had grown to respect and like the two rogue ninja, Kakashi became determined to free them from their undead prison in respect for the way they chose to die. Kakashi then ordered his men to prepare the strategy again as Kakashi charged forward, using his Lightning Cutter to destroy Zabuza's sword-wielding arm and stab him through the chest. Kakashi's team then used special bounds to trap them, also causing the mist to dispel. Openly voicing his anger at how someone could toy with the dead, he states that he will going on a rampage as he picks up Kubikiribōchō to use.
On the next day, Kakashi and his division resume the battle against the remaining Mist Swordsmen. In the anime, he defeated Jinin Akebino, giving his team time to seal him. Later, he encountered Jinpachi Munashi and Kushimaru Kuriarare toying with members of Kakashi's division. While able to save some of them, he soon found himself cornered by the two swordsmen. Might Guy than arrived to aid Kakashi. Taking advantage of the swordmen's lack of teamwork, they were able to hold them off until the sealing team arrived to subdue them.
Fourth Shinobi world War: Climax ArcLater, Kakashi faces Fuguki Suikazan. He cuts down the Mist Swordsman by imbuing the Kubikiribōchō with lightning, allowing Sai to seal Fuguki inside of his drawing. After noticing more White Zetsu Army clones arriving, he tells Guy who wanted them to take them down all at once that they also had reinforcements after seeing Naruto's clone arrive on the battlefield. After dealing with the remaining Mist Swordsmen, Kakashi and Guy head on to save Naruto from being captured by Tobi. Attacking him once he materialised, Kakashi was able to retrieve Naruto before Tobi could warp him away.
Smiling at his pupil, he tells him that he couldn't sit idly by while his student overexerts himself. Deciphering the information Naruto had spewed out, he watches on as the Five-Tails charges at Tobi and theorises that Tobi did not have perfect control of the beasts before telling Naruto to stay focused. As the beasts charge at them, Kakashi tells Guy that they needed to decipher which beast used which of the Six Paths of Pain's abilities. Activating his Lightning Cutter, he and Guy confront the beasts head on, he is shocked to see that they aren't using these abilities. He and Guy later watch in shock as Tobi, after congratulating Kakashi on his observation skills, causes Utakata and Rōshi to fully transform. As the Six-Tails attacks breathing out a corrosive gas, Kakashi warns Guy not to touch the substance it spewed at all.
As they retreat, Guy alerts him to Naruto's predicament. Telling Guy that they weren't able to leave to free Naruto from Son Gokū's jaws as they were being pressured from all sides, he creates a shadow clone and assumes the Manji Formation. Entrusting their backs to one another, Kakashi and his clone charges forward with the Lightning Transmission technique, severing the chakra arms. Kakashi prepares for another onslaught of attacks as the beasts confront him head-on. As Naruto succeeds in releasing Son from Tobi's control, both Kakashi and Guy look on shocked as the now fully-transformed jinchūriki bear down on them.
As the situation becomes dire, Kakashi decides that he would warp away the five Tailed Beast Balls that were aimed at them, but Guy tells him that there was no way he had enough strength for that. Kakashi also declines Guy's decision to use the eighth gate, stating he would die after opening it. Both men are rescued however by Naruto who deflects the attacks with such speed that Kakashi momentarily believes him to be his former teacher Minato. Absorbed into Kurama's chakra as Naruto transforms, both men watch on at the battle between the beasts ensue watching in horror as the five opposing beasts later combine a Tailed Beast Ball, and Naruto attempts to counter with his own.After Naruto's Tailed Beast Mode was cancelled, Kakashi stands alongside Guy, who uncharacteristically says that he felt old seeing Naruto come so far which somewhat shocks Kakashi. Kakashi then tells him that their youth wasn't over just yet which seemingly gets Guy back to his old self. He is later seen mobilised beside Might Guy, Naruto Uzumaki and Killer B in his full Eight-Tails form preparing to assault Tobi and the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Launching an attack with his shadow clone, Kakashi called to Guy who followed up with an attack followed by B and Naruto, the latter of which continued to taunt Tobi despite his advisement against it.
While Naruto and Guy battle Tobi, Kakashi focuses on the Demonic Statue of the Outer Path. Kakashi then tries to use Kamui on the the statue to remove it's head, however the statue seems to have nullified the attack which confuses Kakashi. He then infuses a kunai with Lightning Release and calls out to B to launch him. Launching across the battlefield, Kakashi easily cuts through a rock that separated him from Naruto and launches the kunai at Tobi who becomes intangible and kicks the kunai towards Naruto. Kakashi uses Kamui once again to warp away the kunai. Regrouping as the last attack seemingly fails to land, the shinobi wonder how they were going to defeat Tobi.
Noticing the slight crack in Tobi's mask, Kakashi denies the fact that it was made by Naruto's last attack, and noted that the crack was too sharp to have been made by an impact like that. Realising what had made the gash in the mask, Kakashi called out to his comrades to aid him in testing his hypothesis. Climbing into B's hand the three shinobi are launched across the battlefield, and after Guy and Naruto respectively attacked Tobi, just before the masked man phased through Naruto's Rasengan, Kakashi used Kamui to send the Rasengan to the other dimension. Tobi's right arm was then subsequently hit by an unseen attack at which time Kakashi declared that his hypothesis was right and realised that Tobi was not using two separate techniques to warp himself away and another to phase, but one single technique.
Obliging Guy's request to tell them his analysis in the simplest way possible, Kakashi explains what occurred that Tobi only intangible by transferring part of himself into the other dimension where Kakashi sends whatever he targets with Kamui to. But as this other dimension is pointed out as a link between his Sharingan and their enemy's, Kakashi questioned Tobi as to where exactly he got the eye from. However, Kakashi is horrified upon hearing Tobi's answer of obtaining his Sharingan from Kannabi Bridge during the previous war. Kakashi is at a loss for words, in a daze thinking of his former comrade, Guy attempts to snap him out of it while Naruto charges at Tobi in his Tailed Beast Mode. After hearing Naruto's speech, Kakashi rallied back and readied a new strategy that requires him to time the few remaining Kamui he can use. Charging forward as Naruto created a shadow clone to attack Tobi, Kakashi seemingly warped away the dispelled clone's Rasengan before collapsing from the strain with his eye bleeding. In reality, however, Kakashi warped Naruto's clone into the other dimension, allowing his student's clone to catch Tobi off guard and shatter his mask.
Kakashi is left completely stunned as he looks on to see that behind the shattered mask, is his childhood friend Obito Uchiha. When Kakashi questions him as to how he survived, Obito avoids his question but explains the reason for his plans; Kakashi's failure to protect Rin, causing Obito to hate "this useless reality", an answer that only caused Kakashi to sink further in depression. After the attack launched by Obito is thwarted by Naruto, they are soon joined by the reincarnated Madara. Shocked by this, they silently watched the Uchiha pair converse amongst themselves, and Kakashi expressed surprise at the fact Madara knew about Obito's Eye of the Moon Plan. While Madara started his confrontation with Naruto and Killer B, Kakashi and Guy prepared to confront their former comrade. Taking advantage of this, Kakashi proceeded to ask Obito why he teamed up with someone like Madara.
Interrupted by the clash between Naruto and Madara, Kakashi again posed the question to Obito. However, his former friend told him that there was nothing more to be said between them, and that the only thing left to do was to have their final fight. Hurling shuriken out of the other dimension, Kakashi blocked Obito's barrage with an earth wall until Obito phased through the wall holding one of the shuriken and stabbed it into Kakashi's left leg. Kakashi's persistence to ask why Obito was doing this only led his former friend to retort that he is trash that does not shut up, and warped Kakashi away to the other dimension. Remembering Obito's words of those who abandon friends being even worse than trash, Kakashi could not believe that the hero he looked up to had forsaken his previous beliefs and used his Kamui to warp himself back from the other world.
Kakashi admits that he is trash for failing to protect Rin as promised, but questions Obito if Rin was related to his new ideals before getting kicked in the face and slashed with Obito's two held shuriken. Calling Obito one of Konoha's heroes while imploring him to not end up like him, Kakashi is told by his former friend that they are both trash because they survived the worthlessness of this reality. Obito prepared to finish Kakashi off before Naruto's shadow clone intercepted Obito's right-hand shuriken, declaring that he would protect his friends with his life. Remembering the exact same words he said to Team 7, Kakashi regained his will to fight and used his Lightning Cutter to destroy Obito's other shuriken. He then proclaimed that he remembered what Obito taught him in the past, and that now he would protect Naruto.
Weakened from his injuries and overusing his Mangeykō Sharingan, Kakashi falls to his knees in exhaustion. Obito again attempts to warp Kakashi to the other dimension, but is stopped by Naruto. After Kurama temporarily switches places with Naruto, it grabs Kakashi, and throws him towards Obito, who successfully warps him away. With no time to complain, Naruto attacks Obito while Kakashi, who Kurama had supplied with chakra when it threw him, attacked Obito's materialised body parts in the other dimension. Warping himself back to the real world, Kakashi looks on as a giant Tailed Beast Ball was fired by B and Naruto at the statue. Kakashi contemplated whether the statue had really been destroyed, but it was later revealed to have successfully become the Ten-Tails.
As Madara and Obito connect themselves to the Ten-Tails by way of tendrils being inserted, Kurama grabs Kakashi and Guy in its mouth to restore their chakra. Kurama, understanding the true nature behind the Ten-Tails, begins giving instructions to how they should face the mighty beast. When Kakashi notes that Kurama is acting like a captain, it thinks Kakashi has a problem with it, but the jōnin merely replies that he actually likes it. Kakashi's kindness to Kurama is shortly enjoyed as the Ten-Tails shows remarkable speed, quickly overwhelming Kakashi and his team. Following Kurama's advice, Kakashi uses Kamui to teleport Gyūki in front of the Ten-Tails, who launches a point-blank Tailed Beast Ball at the resurrected demon.
After deflecting the attack back at Gyūki, the Ten-Tails attempts to attack Naruto and Kakashi with its tail, but Naruto throws Kakashi out of the way in time. Landing in the safety of Kurama, Kurama later dematerialises, and Kakashi falls to the ground. Kakashi finds himself weakened from transporting Gyūki with his Kamui. Stressing the importance of Naruto's life to the war effort, Kakashi finds relief as all divisions of the Allied Shinobi Forces assemble at the battlefield, and Sakura begins to heal him.
Reeling from an attack from a newly evolved Ten-Tails, Kakashi is asked by Shikaku for information regarding his fights with the enemy prior to the Allied Shinobi Forces arrival, but Kakashi is forced to cut contact and attempts to use Kamui against the Ten-Tails. Realising he couldn't use it in time, ordering another to use an Earth Release technique to make the ground underneath the beast uneven, Kakashi is shocked to see the Ten-Tails massive firing distance with a Tailed Beast Ball. Kakashi and Sakura later narrowly avoid one of the wooden stakes that was fired by the Ten-Tails. He later watched on in horror as Neji sacrificed himself to protect Naruto and Hinata from the projectiles, and attempted to chide Obito for degrading Naruto, but was cut off by the former's tirade, in which he pointed out that Kakashi should know that nothing but loneliness was at the end of the path Naruto had chosen to take. He would later affirm that promising to protect loved ones could become a curse, if they were unable to fulfil that promise. Understanding this, Naruto still agreed to keep Neji in his heart and to carry on his will, stating that to do otherwise would be to truly killing Neji.
After receiving chakra from Naruto, resulting in a chakra cloak, Kakashi thought back to his conversation with Shikaku and the feats he was able to accomplish the first time Kurama gave him chakra. He later charged towards, and attacked the Ten-Tails alongside the other empowered members of the Alliance. Ultimately, the Allied Shinobi Forces manage to separate Obito and Madara from the Ten-Tails, which causes the massive demon to start going berserk. As Kakashi prepares to warp it away, he is intercepted by Obito. The two men end up warping to Kamui's dimension but not before Kakashi called out to Naruto, telling him to handle things there.
Upon arriving, Kakashi reacts first and strikes with his Lightning Cutter, only to hesitate and stop at the last moment, much to Obito's shock. Realising that Kakashi is still plagued by guilt and hope for Obito reforming, the fallen Uchiha begins mocking Kakashi. Kakashi begs Obito to accept that things don't have to be this way, as in many ways the man Obito once was now lives in Naruto. Obito then stood up, phasing through Kakashi's Lightning Cutter. He then revealed that he knew all along the circumstances of Rin dying. That just like how he didn't blame Kakashi for Rin's death, she and Kakashi weren't the reason for him starting this war. Obito tells Kakashi to forget about his guilt as there is nothing left of the man Kakashi once fought alongside, emphasising this from a genjutsu of a gaping hole where his heart should be.
Appealing to Kakashi's happier memories from their childhood, Obito emphasises that the illusion world can give Kakashi back that lost time, creating an illusion of child Obito and Rin, which Kakashi quickly strikes down. Kakashi defiantly refuses Obito's offer of a dream world, saying that illusions will never heal one's pain. While admitting that the real world can be cruel at times, the support of one's friends can ease the pain and rejecting your friends will only add to the pain. Obito scoffed at Kakashi's words, saying that attachments like that are the source of one's pain. Kakashi however reminds Obito of the lesson he once taught Kakashi: One who abandons their friends are worse than trash. As Obito was taken aback by these words, Kakashi declared that he will force these feelings back on Obito, even if he refuses.
Their battle then raged on, with them challenging each other with various genjutsu tactics, constantly ending in a stalemate. Finally deciding to fight for real, Kakashi and Obito as a last sign of respect between former allies performed a challenge salute. The two clashed, almost mirroring a sparring match from their youth. While Obito managed to pierce Kakashi's right ribs with a black rod, Kakashi impaled Obito through the chest, winning the fight. While Obito admitted defeat, he laughingly said Kakashi would lose the war before returning to the real world.
Heavily fatigued from his battle against Obito, Kakashi remained in the Kamui dimension to suture his wounds before returning to the battlefield. As he began to catch his breath, he thinks over all that has transpired with the new dark Obito, coming to the conclusion that Obito has not truly relinquished the Will of Fire, but rather pushed it aside and his meeting with Naruto has caused him to gain conflicted emotions. Suddenly, Kakashi begins to see and hear what Obito does through their matching pair of Sharingan eyes. Seeing Obito's continued turmoil, Kakashi notes that Obito could have overcome this hole in his heart if he let his friends fill it with their feelings.
Birth of the Ten-Tails' Jinchuriki
Once recovered, Kakashi teleported back to the battlefield, poised over a defeated Obito. Believing that Obito was his responsibility, Kakashi lunged his kunai at Obito, only for the reincarnated Minato to stop him. While Kakashi was shocked by the appearance of his late sensei, the Fourth Hokage explained that Naruto's persistence has gotten through to Obito. Accepting his inner pain, Obito admits that Rin was the only good thing in his life and losing her only left him in misery. Madara's plan seemed the only sensible choice left in Obito's mind. Kakashi admits that he doesn't know for sure if Naruto's views are anymore right and that maybe Madara's isn't completely wrong, shocking Obito. While sympathising with Obito's personal pain of Rin's death along with his other loved ones, Kakashi insists that Naruto's views are at least less likely to fail because his goals naturally draws more people to aid him.
After learning from Minato that Obito would survive, Kakashi prepared to join the battle against Madara. As Kakashi's words fully reached Obito, the Uchiha admitted to understanding why Nagato betrayed him to aid Naruto. Deciding to follow suit, Obito resolved that as a true act of atonement for his mistakes, he would sacrifice his life to revive all the fallen shinobi with Samsara of Heavenly Life Technique. Not wanting his childhood friend to die, Kakashi begged him to instead dedicate his life to making amends, to which Obito said would be the "easy" path, no longer feeling worthy to ever see Rin again. Before he could do so, however, Black Zetsu emerged from the ground, merged with Obito and forced him to revive Madara, much to Kakashi and Minato's shock.
Succeeding in his goal, Black Zetsu then proceeded to take Obito's Rinnegan eye to return it to Madara. Kakashi and Minato quickly acted to stop it, to which Black Zetsu responded by merging again with Obito, warning them that his unison with the dying Obito was the only thing still keeping him alive. Being asked what it is, Black Zetsu responded that he was a manifestation of Madara's will, calling Kakashi and his allies fools for underestimating Madara.
Suddenly, from Obito's artificial body half, the Demonic Statue emerged. Kakashi attempted to stop it by removing the head with Kamui, but the statue is teleported elsewhere, causing Kakashi's attack to instead remove its right arm. As Black Zetsu continued its attempt to take the left Rinnegan from Obito's eye-socket, Obito continued to resist the possession, telling Kakashi to destroy the eye. Looking down on their attempts, Black Zetsu informed them that Madara has already regained his right eye. Deciding to take the risk on Obito, Kakashi and Minato prepare to attack Black Zetsu. Suddenly, Gaara appeared with Sakura and a critical-state Naruto, having lost Yang-Kurama to Madara. Gaara quickly told Minato that Naruto can be saved by sealing the Yin half of Kurama inside Naruto. While Minato's attempt to do so was stopped by Black Zetsu, and before long Madara arrived. Now the Ten-Tails' jinchūriki, Madara seeks to complete his power by regaining his left eye.
As Black Zetsu attempted to return to Madara, bringing with it Yin-Kurama and Madara's remaining eye, Obito managed to overshadow Black Zetsu, keeping it merged to the younger Uchiha. As Obito and Madara began questioning Obito's purpose in life, Kakashi attempted to teleport Obito away from Madara and Minato launches an attack on the Uchiha. Madara easily repels Minato's attack and kicks Minato's Rasengan at Kakashi, forcing Kakashi to warp the Rasengan before it hit him instead. Obito approached Madara impaled Madara's chest with his hand, stating that he is not an extension of Madara, but Obito Uchiha.
Relieved that his friend had regained some sense of himself, Kakashi obliged his request and warped Naruto — along with Sakura — to the other dimension. Standing alongside his comrade, Kakashi conceded to be Obito's backup but noted that the Uchiha better not mess up. As they are both attacked by Madara, Obito and Kakashi both use Kamui in sync allowing Obito to warp to the other dimension before Madara could attack him. With Kakashi left defenceless, however, he was rescued by Might Guy whom Kakashi noted he was actually happy to see for the first time.
As Kakashi and his allies began considering their options against the transcendent Madara, Guy made the first move, attacking Madara with his Daytime Tiger. The attack was easily resisted and Guy was narrowly saved by the timely arrival of Lee. Realising the grim situation, Guy resolved to make his ultimate move, which Kakashi realised to his horror was suicidal eighth gate. As his friends tried to talk him out of it, Guy's expression made it clear to Kakashi that his decision was final. Once accessing all Eight Gates, Guy began to overwhelm Madara.
Realizing the limited time Guy had, Minato revealed the true mechanics behind Madara's Truth-Seeking Balls. The group then launched a strategy to support Guy's offence and quickly got rid of most of Madara's only defense from Guy's Evening Elephant. With Kakashi's Sharingan too strained from overuse to properly aim Kamui from a distance, Gaara carried Kakashi on his sand, getting Kakashi close enough to teleport a large portion of Madara's barrier, letting Guy complete his assault on Madara.
As Guy and Madara continued their battle, Kakashi admitted that Guy had indeed surpassed him just as Sakumo predicted years ago. Finally, Guy reached his limit and collapsed, his body thrashed fromt he effects of the Eight Gates and was quickly dying. Wanting to personally finish Guy off, Madara launched his final chakra orb at Guy, only for the revived Naruto to deflect it. With a new look in Naruto's eyes, Naruto then somehow stabilized Guy's lifeforce and sparing him from certain death. As Naruto began to overwhelm Madara with his newfound powers, Kakashi watched in amazement. Realizing he was losing the advantage, Madara absorbed the tree into his being and fully regenerated himself. Sasuke then returned with similar powers to Naruto's and the two joined forces to battle Madara. As the two began holding their own against him, Madara decides to focus on regaining his left Rinnegan. Still exhausted from earlier, Madara catches Kakashi off guard and steals his Sharingan, using it to teleport to the other dimension where Obito and Sakura are; planning to take Obito's Rinnegan.
Shortly afterwards, Sakura reappeared in front of Kakashi and Sasuke, revealing Obito teleported her to safety from Madara. According to Sakura, Marada will be unstoppable if he had both Rinnegan. After sealing Madara's clone, Naruto used his new powers to restore kakashi's original left eye, shocking Kakashi. watching his three former students discuss the situation, Kakashi reflected on how much they have changed and grown before questioning Sasuke's new goal. As Sasuke remained silent, Kakashi chose not to push the question, instead alerting his students of Madara returning them and reminding of what he taught them from their first lesson: teamwork. Upon returning, Madara revealed he received both Rinnegan and Black Zetsu has back in control of Obito. As Zetsu mocked Obito's efforts, Team 7 prepared to battle, with Kakashi admiring their unison. Kakashi watched on as his students battled Madara. Finally reaching the maturity of his newfound powers, Madara proceeds to cast the Infinite Tsukuyomi on the world. As everyone becomes assimilated by the technique, Sasuke, with his own Rinnegan making him immune to the genjutsu, uses his Susanoo to shield Kakashi, Naruto, Sakura, and himself.
As everyone asked what was happening around them, Sasuke ordered them to stay quiet and he would take leadership of Team 7. While Naruto was furious at Sasuke's independent attitude, Kakashi solemnly admitted that, with Sasuke's Rinnegan, he may be the only one to save the world. As the light from the Infinite Tsukuyomi subsided, Sasuke let his Susanoo down and noted only a Rinnegan has the chance to cancel the Infinite Tsukuyomi. Madara confronted Team 7, only for Black Zetsu to betray him by impaling him through the chest, shocking everyone. As madara asked his own manifestion why he was doing this, Black Zetsu stated it was actually the manifestation of Kaguya Otsutsuki. Black Zetsu proceeded to expand its being into Madara. As Black Zetsu's influence spreads over Madara, chakra began to swirl through the air towards Madara. While Naruto and Sasuke tried to destroy their enemies, Kakashi warned them and Sakura any reckless acts will result in their death. As the chaos subsided, Madara and Black Zetsu transformed into Kaguya. Shocked, Kakashi asked what her intentions were and she said the world was her nursery and wanted no more fighting to damage it any further. She then transformed the ground into a river of lava, telling Team 7 she will have them disappear.
Kaguya Otsutsuki Strikes
As Sasuke and naruto survived the deadly fall on Sasuke's summoned hawk, Kakashi quickly responded by nailing two kunai in the wall; one stabbing Obito's hand to keep him suspended and the other attached to an unraveled scroll, using it as a makeshift rope to save himself and Sakura. Soon after, the lava's intense heat burned through the scroll and sent him and Sakura plummeting until they were saved by Naruto's chakra arms and newfound ability to fly. To keep his full attention on Kaguya, Naruto used a shadow clone to carry Kakashi and sakura to safety and retrieve Obito. Kakashi later explains the situation to Obito, who had regained consciousness, and Obito said that using Kamui may be able to work in sync with Kaguya's portal and save Sasuke, who had been sent to another dimension by Kaguya. Kaguya notices Kakashi and the others, and Kakashi notes she doesn't care about them. Once Naruto forces Kaguya to open her portal, Obito teleports into it with Naruto's clone and Sakura, leaving Kakashi to watch. As Kakashi grows depressed in his inability to help in the battle, Obito finally returns with Sakura and Sasuke. Angered to see Sasuke had returned, Kaguya teleports everyone to a dimension with enhanced gravity and pins them down to the ground before firing her bond blades at Naruto and Sasuke. Kakashi and Obito rush to protect the two, with Kakashi shielding Sasuke and Obito shielding Naruto. As kakashi prepares to take the hit, Obito uses Kamui to teleport the blade meant for Kakashi while he is struck, and explains he doesn't want to see another friend die in front of him. As Obito was dying, Kakshi expressed sadness at the death of his best friend.
As naruto bombarded Kaguya with multiple tailed beast chakra-infused attacks, the tailed beasts inside Kaguya began to react to naruto, causing Kaguya to become bloated and morph into a massive amalgamation of the tailed beasts with the head of a demonic rabbit. It randomly began launching chakra arms that instantly assimilated whatever it touched. As this happened, the spirit of Obito manifested inside Kakashi. Inside kakashi's consciousness, Obito insisted that Kakashi become the Sixth Hokage and, as a parting gift, passed his chakra to Kakashi, allowing him to temporarily awaken the Mangekyo Sharingan. With his new power, Kakashi activates his Complete Body Susanoo to protect Sakura, shocking his students. Joining the fight, Kakashi warped away several of Kaguya's chakra arms and she began shaping this mass into a giant Truth-Seeking Ball. Acknowledging his Kamui couldn't stop it, Kakashi devised a plan with his students, telling them to be ready for what could be their last mission as Team 7. Quickly enacting this plan, Team 7 were able to coordinate their efforts and penetrate Kaguya's defenses to land a blow on her; as Naruto and Sasuke were about to place the Sage of Six Path's seal on her, Sakura punched down Kaguya to prevent her from escaping.
As Kaguya was sealed away, Madara and the tailed beasts were extracted from her.As Team 7 wondered what to do now, the spirit of Hagoromo Otsutsuki summoned them back to the normal dimension with the aid of the spirits of the previous Kage. Kakashi was shocked at meeting the legendary Sage of Six Paths, who openly commended Kakashi for his leadership of his team, even though Kakashi humbly said his students did the hard work. Kakashi then spoke of how Obito had helped him, ultimately forgiving his fallen friend for his sins and saying his final goodbye as Obito returned to the afterlife, Kakashi's Sharingan fading in the process. As everyone discussed their plans for the future, Kakashi was horrified when Sasuke announced his intent to kill the current Kage and seize control of the tailed beasts. When Kakashi asks Sasuke if he simply wants revenge, Sasuke explains what he wants is revolution; to reshape the world as he feels it should have been. As Sasuke turned his attention to Naruto, Kakashi tried to stop them from leaving for their final battle but was too exhausted from his prolong use of the Sharingan. After Sasuke silenced Sakura with genjutsu, Kakashi scolded Sasuke. While Sasuke and Naruto fought, Kakashi tended to Sakura and asks Hagoromo for advice, but the latter tells him to believe in Naruto and Sasuke.
As the battle became more intense that it ravaged the land around them, Kakashi shielded Sakura from debris until she woke up and he explained the situation to her. Once the battle was over, they went looking for Sasuke and Naruto, finding them bleeding out after each losing an arm. As Sakura began to heal them, Kakashi recognized that Sasuke had reconciled with Naruto and apologized to Sakura. Kakashi felt overjoyed that his team was back together for good and thought back again on how their lives became intertwined.
After becoming the Sixth Hokage, the first act Kakashi does is pardon Sasuke for his crimes due to his assistance in ending the war and a good word from Naruto. Later on, Kakashi and Sakura stood at the village gate with Sasuke as he was about to leave on a journey of redemption. Kakashi reminds him of his act of forgiveness and advises him to keep himself under control.
The Last: Naruto the Movie
Two years after the war, Kakashi has an emergency meeting with the other Kage about the falling of the moon, worrying it will destroy the Earth if not stopped. When Hanabi Hyuga is kidnapped by Toneri Otsutsuki, Kakashi forms a team consisting of Naruto, Sakura, Shikamaru, Sai, and Hinata. He informs them about the situation and gives Shikamaru a special clock to keep track of the countdown to the destruction of the world, having a hunch the moon's collision and Hanabi's kidnapping are related.
While Konoha tries to defend from the meteor, Kakashi is shocked to see Sasuke arrive and destroy the meteor with Chidori while saying it was his duty to protect the village in Naruto's absence before disappearing. Kaksshi also finds that Sasuke rescued the injured Hiashi Hyuga, who asks Kakashi to not blow up the moon, as he suspects his two daughters are on it, and Kakashi grows concerned when he hears Kurama in on the moon. At another emergency meeting with the Kage, he and the others vote against A to use his chakra weapon to destroy the moon while Naruto's team and Hanabi are still there and they are given an hour. Kakashi later witnesses the moon ebing split due to Toneri's attack. Naruto succeeded in stopping Toneri and has Kurama carve "Mission Compelte" on the moon, allowing Kakashi to relay this to everyone about the mission's success and glad his instincts were right again. Several months later, he attends Naruto and Hinata's wedding.
Over the next few years, Kakashi watches his students move on with their lives; Naruto having a son and daughter with Hinata, while Sasuke and Sakura marry and have a daughter. As he treated Naruto, Sakura, and Sasuke as if they were his children, Kakashi treats Boruto, Himawari, and Sarada as if they are his grandchildren. About 10 years after the war, Kakashi would trust in Naruto's capabilities enough to name him as his successor as the Seventh Hokage. On the day of Naruto's inauguration, Kakashi was dismayed by the fact Naruto was late. Unable to wait any longer, it was deicded that Konohamaru Sarutobi would disguise himself as Naruto and accept the position for him.
Content with his decision to entrust the position to Naruto, Kakashi retires from active duty. On the day of the Five Kage Summit, Kakashi visits with Guy while waiting for his escort, Mirai Sarutobi, to arrive. As Guy questioned whether it was okay for Kakashi not to accompany Naruto to the Summit, Kakashi mused Naruto proved himself as a fine successor and the older generation shouldn't interfere in the affairs of the new generation, and expressed his desire to revisit places he considered sentimental.
Naruto Gaiden: The Seventh Hokage and the Scarlet Spring
While trying to enjoy his retirement in a bathouse, Kakashi was contacted by Naruto regarding a message from Sasuke. Upon hearing about a strange boy possessing the Sharinga, Kakashi noted that is possible that some Uchiha survived the clan's downfall, it was more likely that the boy was one of Orochimaru's test subjects. Kakashi said he would send Yamato to help Naruto and Sasuke in the search. Based on this conversation, Naruto decided to personally meet with Sasuke over this matter.
Boruto: Naruto the Movie
15 years after the war, Kakashi accompanies Naruto to a meeting and when Naruto falls asleep, Kakashi wakes him up by knocking him on the head with a book.
Kakashi later attends the third phrase of the Chunin Exams alongisde Iruka and Guy to watch Naruto's son, Boruto, and Sasuke and Sakura's daughter, Sarada, compete with their teammate, Mitsuki. When Momoshiki and Kinshiki appeared and began attacking the arena, Kakashi helped rescue civilians.
- His Japanese Voice Actor, Kazuhiko Inoue is best known voicing as Madara from Natsume's Book of Friends.
- His English Voice Actor, Dave Wittenberg is best known voicing as Henry Wong from Digimon Tamers and Subaru Sumeragi from X.
- His Second Voice Actor, Kyle Hebert is best known voicing as Greymon and his digivolution from Digimon Adventure tri., Greymon, Dorulumon, Ballistamon from Digimon Fusion, Kazuichi Soda from Danganronpa and Ryuji Suguro from Blue Exorcist.
- He share same second voice actor with Kiba Inuzuka and Gaara for Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals.